The Iberian and Latin American Film Festival, organized by The University of Liverpool, will take place from October 26th to November 3rd. The selection committee has chosen the documentary ´Asier ETA Biok´ (Asier and I, 2013), directed by Aitor Merino and Amaia Merino, to be screened at the festival.
The theme for the festival is “Me Them All: Crossing borders, making connections, exploring identity”. Screenings will be accompanied by a series of panel discussions and Q&As featuring specialist academics and film directors, exploring the role of ‘selfhood’ in relation to identity and community.
On October 31st the Basque film ‘Asier ETA Biok’ will be screened, with support from the Etxepare Institute. The film tells the story of the friendship between Aitor and Asier as they grow up together in the conflictive and politicized 1980s in the Basque Country. Eventually, Aitor moves to Madrid to pursue his dream of becoming an actor, and Asier joins the terrorist group ETA. Years later, Asier is arrested and placed in a French prison, where he is detained for eight years. When Asier is released in 2010, Aitor wants to rekindle his childhood friendship and try to understand what led to him to join ETA. With camera in hand, he goes to France to meet Asier upon his release in France so he can tell his story.
The film will now be shown in Liverpool thanks to the festival sponsored by the University’s Department of Modern Languages and Cultures.